I’ve had a few days to recover from SHOT, read the material I brought back, and otherwise meditate on what I saw.
SHOT is an experience. I’ve heard people say you should go at least once in your life, and they’re not wrong. Even just walking the floor, you start understanding a lot more about how the shooting industry works in terms of supplier relationships, subcontracting, marketing, and so on. There is just so much to see that even with four days, you’re not going to cover it all – especially if you’re interested in hunting, which I wasn’t.
I did pick up on some general trends in the industry, which I want to talk about.
Continue reading SHOT Show 2020 Wrap-up
I am wrapping up my SHOT Show coverage, as I am heading back to DC tomorrow, and am pretty exhausted from all this walking otherwise.
Continue reading SHOT Show 2020 – Viktos, Kosher Surplus
I am nearing the end of my “list” of companies to check in on at SHOT. There were a number that I visited that didn’t really have anything new and/or interesting, so they were omitted. I’m interested in cool tactical-style shooting stuff, and so that’s what I focused on.
Continue reading SHOT Show 2020 – B&T, Nomad Defense, Alpha Shooting Sports, Silencerco, Angstadt Arms, Eotech
After a nice night out with my relatives, I was ready for my last day of SHOT Show coverage today. I have some interesting stuff to share, including pictures and details about Holosun’s unannounced, prototype ultra-low pistol red dot.
Continue reading Shot Show 2020 – Trijicon, Polymer80, Holosun (BLPS PROTOTYPE), BUL Armory, Inforce, PTR Industries, Mantis, Ghost Gunner / Defense Distributed, Vortex
I spent most of the afternoon in the fabled land of the first floor. This let me see some of the major exhibitors I had not managed to check in on. There’s still a lot to go for tomorrow, but I am making good progress seeing what I’m interested in.
Continue reading Shot Show 2020 – PSA, MDT, Sylvan Arms, Presma, Quarter Circle 10, Shadow Systems, Rescomp, Kestrel, Burris
I was at the NEXT exhibit on the fifth floor, which has a lot of smaller outfits. Not going to lie, most of them were questionable at best – lots of dudes selling cheap Chinese imported stuff. There were a few reputable manufacturers out there (Atlas Gunworks coming to mind). Still, a couple things did stick out for me, so let’s call this one a lightning round.
Grim Workshop: Grim Workshop makes wallet-sized and dog-tag-sized pocket tools. I was told they’ve got over a hundred of them, with more on the way. I am sucker for good pocket tools, especially ones without blades (since they’re less of a hassle getting through security). Some of them were the usual SERE-esque stuff I’m unlikely to use in my boring life, but others were more oriented towards every day emergencies, such as a pocket emergency sewing kit with line.
Vapensystems: Vapensystems makes rotary safes. These are as slick as you’d think, and seem well-thought out. I was told they are pursuing a UL rating on some models. I will note that they always seem to show their rifles sans optics, which makes me suspect you’re not going to stuff quite as many rifles in as they imply.
A few other interesting people I met:
Caliber 3: Caliber 3 turned out to be an Israeli training firm. Nice guys, and they apparently are training synagogue security teams via grant. They have a place out in California, along with their locations in Israel. Got slightly turned off when they talked about their “home defense civilian classes”, but I suppose not everyone’s into teaching the high speed stuff with average people.
Savior Equipment: Importers of the finest Chinese-made gun cases I’ve seen. Shook their hands and thanked for giving me options other than the NCStar trash cases I’d been previously using.
Radco Industries: Radco won some military contracts for making weapons lube, and then decided there was money in selling that stuff to civilians. They’re not wrong. I got a couple free samples and will report back on what I think.
I’m blessed to be spending this SHOT Show in the hospitality of family members who shoot, and they were fairly insistent that I at least see their county shooting facility before I departed. We went out this morning to the Clark County Shooting Complex, and I just have to say, it is a phenomenal facility. Huge number of trap stands, a shotgun sports multi-station course, and a 200yd rifle and pistol range. Best yet, it’s not even all that from the city – maybe half an hour or so. I could only wish for a place like this in the DMV area.
Sig had a big event out there on Monday and Tuesday, so I’m told.